No. 23 Spartan Women Sweep Rochester; Advance to UAA Championship Fifth-Place Match

Marianne Bonanno (photo by Ryan Baker)
Marianne Bonanno (photo by Ryan Baker)

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The No. 23 nationally ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team swept the University of Rochester (N.Y.), 9-0, in its second match of the 2014 University Athletic Association Championship at Sanlando Park. The sixth-seeded Spartans now advance to the fifth-place match to play fifth-seeded Brandeis University (Mass.) on Sunday.

The Spartans improve to 10-10 overall and 1-1 in the UAA, while the Yellowjackets fall to 5-11 and 0-2. Last season, CWRU placed sixth in the conference, a mark that was the best UAA Championship finish for the program since it finished fifth in 1997.

The partnership of Sara Zargham (Torrance, Calif./California Academy of Math and Science) & Marianne Bonanno (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) won at No. 1 by a score of 8-4 over Rochester's pairing of Cara Genbauffe & Christine Ho. Freshman Sarah Berchuck (Dallas, Texas/Baylor School & Suffield Academy) & sophomore Surya Khadilkar (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Hawken School) as well as sohpomores Taylor Sweeney (Fort Gratiot, Mich./Port Huron Northern) & Michelle Djohan (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) won by scores of 8-2 and 8-1, respectfully.

The six Spartans involved in doubles play would then go on to in singles play as CWRU would only drop one set for the entire match.

Brandeis, who serves as CWRU's Sunday opponent, fell to the University of Chicago by a score of 6-3 on Friday before defeating New York University, 8-1, to reach the fifth-place match. CWRU and Brandeis met in last season's fifth-place match, with the Judges prevailing, 5-4.